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Originally posted by Zaphod58
The plane, engines and everything else compress into very small pieces.
The main wreckage of Flight 93 was something like 20-25 feet down. You're not going to have big pieces of wreckage like you do in a shallow angle crash, which is what you almost always see on the news.
As for Flight 93, as was said by many people, myself included, in a really long thread about this, when you have a plane go straight in at high speed (like flight 93) you get a very deep crater
As an example look at the Valuejet crash in Florida. It did a nosedive into swampy soft ground and they found very little wreckage and no big pieces. And that was a much smaller plane, much lower speed at impact, and much softer ground.
Originally posted by Valhall
It's worth pointing out that the pieces of plane shown in the photographs from your second link were dug out of the ground, right? They weren't gathered from around the area, but were down like 20 feet in the ground.
Originally posted by Dae
Originally posted by g210
Is that an official picture from the governement stating this as debris from the United flight 93?? If yes I really I have to wonder what they think this should be.
Date of Accident: 04 December 2004
The aircraft, on a cargo flight from Opa Locka to Nassau, experienced engine trouble shortly after departure. The crew noticed smoke and heavy vibrations coming from the no.1 engine, but were unable to successfully feather it. The pilot ditched the aircraft into the Maule Lake Marina near North Miami Beach, Florida. Both occupants escaped with minor injuries.
Serial Number 274 Type Registration Corporation
Manufacturer Name CONVAIR Certificate Issue Date 12/06/1993
Model 340-70 Mode S Code 51166447
Year Manufacturer 1955 Cancel Date 04/18/2006
Reason for Cancellation Cancelled Exported To
Date of Accident: 26 July 2002
The aircraft crashed at 5:43am local time while attempting to land at Tallahassee Regional Airport on a cargo flight from Memphis, TN. With the Tallahassee Airport control tower closed due to the early-morning hour, the flight crew received clearance from Jacksonville Center for a visual approach to runway 9 at 5:36am. The first impact mark was on a tree, about 70 feet high and 3,100 feet from the end of the runway. The plane first hit the ground about 2,100 feet from the end of the runway, and the first piece of wreckage - a leading edge flap - was found approximately 200 feet from the initial tree-strike point. The aircraft's landing gear was down at the time of the accident. The 727 skidded to a stop about 1,000 feet from the end of the runway and caught fire. The flight crew escaped major injury.
N497FE is Assigned
Serial Number 20866 Type Registration Corporation
Manufacturer Name BOEING Certificate Issue Date 12/13/1989
Model 727-232 Status Valid
Type Aircraft Fixed Wing Multi-Engine Type Engine Turbo-Jet
Pending Number Change None Dealer No
Date Change Authorized None Mode S Code 51425233
MFR Year 1974 Fractional Owner NO
Originally posted by Icarus Rising
The news of Flt 93 landing in Cleveland needs looking into, imo.
India Lake also contributes to the view there was an explosion on board before the Newark-San Francisco flight came down. Debris rained down on the lake - a curious feat if, as the US government insists, there was no mid-air explosion and the plane was intact until it hit the ground.
"It was mainly mail, bits of in-flight magazine and scraps of seat cloth," Tom said. "The authorities say it was blown here by the wind." But there was only a 10mph breeze and you were a mile and a half away? Tom raised his eyebrows, rolled his eyes and said: "Yeah, that's what they reckon." -Daily Mirror (9/13/02)